The cellar of the museums of Food
A Museum for Parma wines
At the centre of an area suited to wine production for centuries, in the suggestive wine cellars of Rocca di Sala Baganza , the exhibition "Cantina dei Musei del Cibo" has been set up and now it is part of the wider food museums circuit of the province of Parma (Museum of the Parmigiano Reggiano in Soragna, tomato and pasta in Collecchio, salami in Felino and ham in Langhirano) entirely dedicated to wine, its history and its culture.
Already existing since prehistoric times and rather developed in Roman times, the viticulture has left important cultural records in the territory of Parma. This is displayed in the exhibition of the Museum through six different sections.
The first room, set up in collaboration with the National Archaeological Museum, is dedicated to the archaeology of wine in Parma, with objects and images coming from the excavations in the area, testifying the origins , introduced by the Celts, of the "modern" way of drinking wine, pure and in glasses, abandoning the Greek and Latin use of watered down or spiced wine.
The second room examines the features of grapevine and viticulture, retracing the origins of this cultivation in Parma and showing tools and everyday objects of the last century and a movie on the technique of the "married" grapevine , trained up to trees in rows, typical of this area.
The third room displays the grape harvest and wine-making through tools and antiques, while pictures and documents tell the history and stories of the wine of the territory: from medieval arts to the French techniques introduced by the Bourbons, from Garibaldi's love for Malvasia to Giuseppe Verdi’s passion for viticulture.